blue hydrangea in Western New York

Choose the right plant to keep gardening fun; hear author at PLANT WNY event

by Connie Oswald Stofko There are hydrangea plants that have blue flowers only when planted in acidic soil. In neutral soil, the flowers are pink. That means that if you want blue flowers and your soil is neutral, you have to add a lot of acid to your soil to get the flower color...
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January 24, 2017
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Order native plants by Feb. 11 through Friends of Reinstein Woods

Friends of Reinstein Woods is accepting orders for their native perennial plant sale through Saturday, Feb. 11. The sale will raise funds to support environmental education programs offered by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. “Native plants are an excellent choice for homeowners and gardeners,” said Brittany Rowan, Friends of Reinstein educator. “They are lower maintenance and...
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January 24, 2017
Lumagination at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Get a new experience at Lumagination– Starts tomorrow

Lumagination, the spectacular light show that starts tomorrow at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will provide a new experience this year because of a collaboration with the University at Buffalo as well as the newly opened Asian exhibits that will provide a new backdrop. Visitors enjoyed getting photos of the Mayan-style waterfall...
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January 24, 2017
moon gate at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Water features create sense of calm in new Asian exhibits at Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko The photos here give you a glimpse of the new Asian exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, but it’s something you really should experience in person. The first thing you notice on entering the space is a new water feature, which creates a rhythmic pattern as it...
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January 17, 2017
houseplant

Indoor & outdoor plant tasks, plus more news from Master Gardeners

Every month, the Master Gardeners of Erie County share great information through WNY Gardening Matters, their online publication. January is a time for planning for the coming season. In “This Month in the Garden,” the Master Gardeners give us some direction for our planning. In the same article, get tips for houseplants as well...
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January 17, 2017
oak wilt

Prune oak trees now to protect against spreading disease called oak wilt

Pruning oak trees in winter can help protect the oaks from becoming infected with oak wilt, a fungal disease that can be deadly for oaks, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The disease was discovered in six new locations in New York State last year and can be spread by beetles...
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January 17, 2017
looking at mint plant in Amherst NY

Hurry to apply for Master Gardener training in Erie County; deadline is Jan. 20

Classes to train new Master Gardener volunteers will be held by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County, but to be considered for the program, you must get all the paperwork for your application to the office by 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The office is located in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft...
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January 17, 2017
gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

Drought tops list of gardening topics as we look back at 2016

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was going to say that the drought is probably what Western New York gardeners will remember most about 2016, but we may have to get used to summers like this. Our climate patterns have changed, and Western New York gardeners should expect more hot, dry summers, according to Cornell University....
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December 20, 2016
poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2016

Cash prizes & exhibit offered in Capen Garden Walk art contest; deadline is Feb. 15

Artwork is being sought to create the the official poster that will advertise the 2017 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2017 Gardening Art Competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work. The first-place winner’s...
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December 20, 2016

Fire used as conservation tool on Niagara Escarpment Preserve

Forest fires raged out of control in several southern states last month, but fire, when controlled, can also be used as a conservation tool. The Western New York Land Conservancy did that on Nov. 7 when it burned a grassland at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. It was the first...
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December 20, 2016